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July 20, 2013

Heml.is Messenger app to focus on Security

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Peter Sunde one of the co-founders of Pirate Bay, is set to launch a new mobile messaging application called Heml.is whose main selling point will be that the app will be closed not only to the prying eyes of the United States National Security Agency (NSA) but also the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and other countries security organisations. Sunde hopes to take advantage of the recent controversy over the surveillance tactics being used by the NSA, GCHQ in order to drive interest in this new mobile application.
The app is set to be crowd funded by online companies such as PayPal and Bitcoin. The app has reached its target goal of $100,000 (£65,000) in donated funds. In fact the latest news from Heml.is is that the funding has reached $152.300 in 3 days 7 hours. It will be available in the Apple’s appstore and in Google‘s Play Store. The main aim is to be more focused on security than other messaging platforms like Whatsapp, Line and MessageMe.

Messaging apps like Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger have been overtaking SMS as a preferred method of communication due to the relative inexpensiveness of the services. Competition has turned fierce in this realm though with lots of money on the line. Companies like Whatsapp, Line and MessageMe, have recently been subject to a lot of rumours concerning takeovers from companies like Google that would want to gain more of a foothold on the burgeoning industry.

The problem with these services though is that they are being monitored by a program called Prism which is run by the National Security Agency and this is a cause for concern among those who are sensitive about privacy.

The Heml.is app is set to be free and will not feature any ads but will run on the freemium model which has proven to be successful in the world of apps in recent years. The app will allows for users to be able to buy extra features such as sending images along with messages.

“We need to make sure that people know that we can’t do this without their money, and we can’t do ads or other funding besides getting money directly from the users, since it would compromise their safety as well.”

– Peter Sunde

The app is going to be using Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) for communication and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) for encryption. These are tried and tested methods for encryption and the developers of the application certainly trust them. Just checkout the video below and visit Heml.is website.

What do you think of this attempt by Peter Sunde to create an app which focuses on privacy more than anything? Do you think the venture will succeed or flop. Please leave us a comment below.
Source: Red Orbit

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini